Proponents of the Virginia-based LightSquared, a fourth-generation wireless broadband network, say its technology will revolutionize the U.S. wireless industry. Opponents, including much of the agricultural commu-nity, contend the new system will disable or cripple a variety of GPS navigation and timing functions.
A press release distributed by a group called Coalition to Save Our GPS says a recent sampling of U.S. departments and agencies indicates the deployment of the LightSquared network would cost $245 billion based on its negative impact on GPS uses by the federal government alone.
The coalition reports that this total dollar amount is based on a number of costs collectively. These include: the federal government’s investment of at least $47 billion in GPS infrastructure and devices; an estimated $160 billion in public safety, efficiency and socio-economic benefits that would be at risk; and $38 billion incurred for GPS device and infrastructure replacement, as well as increased costs because of efficiency losses.
For more information on the ongoing GPS users versus LightSquared issue, visit www.saveourgps.org.
- January 2012